Riyadh: Chinese President Xi Jinping received a grand welcome in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian fighter jets did a fly-past when Jinping’s plane landed at Riyadh’s airport. Even US President Joe Biden, who visited Saudi a few months back, did not receive such a reception. Biden had reached Saudi Arabia with great hopes of increasing oil production. He also had a first-ever face-to-face meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

But, it did not yield any results. At the same time, Xi Jinping was welcomed at Riyadh Airport by Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz. Jinping was also given a guard of honor after the royal welcome. His chemistry with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was also very good.

China wants to replace America.

Xi Jinping attended the China-Arab State Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Summit in Saudi Arabia. Its main objective was strengthening China’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Till now, the dominance of America was seen in the Gulf countries. All these countries used to follow the instructions of America. But, for the last few years, the Gulf countries felt neglected in America’s foreign policy. In such a situation, China got a chance and started trying to usurp America’s place. It is believed that Xi Jinping’s visit to Saudi Arabia is a part of that effort.

Old enmity between Biden-Prince Salman

Joe Biden made fierce statements against Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the US presidential election. He talked about holding Prince Salman responsible for the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in several election rallies. He also said that the then-Trump government was running the wrong foreign policy by supporting Prince Salman.

After becoming President, Biden also refused to talk to Prince Salman. His administration also reduced military aid to Saudi Arabia. Not only this, Saudi Arabia was also criticized for the ongoing violence in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is increasing its friendship with China and Russia.

Till now, Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy has been influenced by America. But Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has strengthened relations with China and Russia by not keeping Saudi Arabia dependent on any one country.

During this visit of Xi Jinping, there was also talk of strengthening relations between China and Saudi Arabia in many fields. In this, cooperation in food production, science, and technology, trade of petroleum products, and tourism was discussed. Shortly before, Saudi Arabia had decided not to increase oil production in the OPEC Plus meeting, supporting Russia. This decision was seen against America.

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